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The Challenge of Generosity

In a week where we have seen protests about blatant acts of injustice, and against a backdrop where coronavirus has affected BAME people more than others, it’s easy to feel disempowered to know how to change anything.

But Acts 4:32-5:11 shows the result of being filled with the Spirit and how the resurrection of Jesus created the foundations of a new society. That society challenged the existing culture, but also revealed the best and the worst of the community – Barnabas was the best, Ananias and Sapphira trying to act in ways that would hide their deception.

The passage challenges us to be open to the Spirit and then to be open to the challenge of generosity towards one another. It challenges the individualism that most of us have been schooled in only too effectively!